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Local COVID-19 Information

The City of Rifle would like to keep our citizens up to date with local information regarding COVID-19 to help keep you safe and provide you with details regarding Local activities, events, and services.City of Rifle - community wide COVID-19 updates

• Changes to the City of Rifle’s activities & services:

The City is following all guidelines dictated by Garfield County and the Garfield County Health Department. The City of Rifle will continue to be available and working for you throughout the duration of this event. However, some activities, events, and services have been canceled or modified.  Please see below.

  • Core City Services - All core City services, including (but not limited to) Water, Wastewater, Police/Public Safety, Trash, Operations & Maintenance, and Public Works will continue to remain fully operational.  The City and its staff are committed to serving you, our citizens, to the greatest extent possible.  Staff is available to assist by phone or email.  See for a department phone list.
  • City Parks/Playgrounds - Playgrounds and picnic areas are reopened.  Please read the new signage.
  • Municipal Court - Rifle Municipal Court is operating with normal business hours. Court dates will be handled in person and you are expected to appear. Masks are required and social distancing must be maintained. If you are not comfortable appearing in person or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please call the court to arrange to have your case handled by phone.
  • Utilities & Court Payments Options - Payment drop boxes are available for both court payments and utilities. The boxes for utility payments or other finance department payments are located outside of City Hall near the alley to the north of the building. Payments may also be made online at  Although there is not an online option for payments to Rifle Municipal Court, payments can be made by credit card by calling the court at 970-665-6420. The court also has a dropbox located right next to the main entrance of the Justice Center, 201 East 18th Street.

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• Notable Impacts to the Rifle Community:

  • Garfield County Emergency Operations Center - Vist: for up-to-date information on COVID-19 impacts in Garfield County.
  • Volunteers Needed for Lift-Up - Lift-up is still accepting non-perishable food items. They can be dropped off at the RIFLE FAIRGROUNDS Monday through Friday between 10:00 and 4:00 or during food distribution times. They are also seeking volunteers. You must call 970-456-2804 to register to be a volunteer. You will not be allowed to volunteer if you have not pre-registered.

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• Rifle City Manager: A Message to the Community:

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• Local Resources for Citizens:

  • Western Garfield free COVID testing moves locations - New Rifle location: 195 W. 14th St., Garfield County Health & Human Services Building front parking lot, Rifle.  Opening, open every Sunday from 9 am – 3 pm, July 11 through October 2021.  No doctor’s note, ID or insurance is required.  Walk up or make an appointment Registration Link
  • Informational flyers from Garfield County Public Health about the COVID Vaccine: click images below to view full PDF
    Garfield County Public Health Vaccine Flyer - english Opens in new windowGarfield County Public Health Vaccine Flyer - spanish Opens in new window 
  • Garfield County Emergency Operations Center - Vist: for up-to-date information on COVID-19 impacts in Garfield County.
  • Rental Assistance - Parachute to Aspen - The cost of housing insecurity and homelessness economically impacts our entire community. Please review these resources for both landlords and tenants to try to resolve your housing dispute.
  • DOLA Emergency Rental Assistance - State lawmakers announce additional rental assistance to help residents make their rent or mortgage payments. Renters and landlords can find more information at
  • Emergency Notification sign-up reminder- The Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority has implemented a state-of-the-art emergency notification system to alert citizens about emergencies and other important community news.  The emergency notification system enables the Public Safety agencies within Garfield County to provide essential information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, fires, floods, unexpected road closures, or evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods.  Should any emergency happen in your area, you will be notified by call or text.

    It’s easy to sign up.  Just go to and you can start receiving emergency alerts.  Stay informed Rifle!

  • New GarCo Online Mental Health Resource - A new partnership between the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Garfield County and other local agencies is launching a new online mental health resource that connects citizens with local mental health professionals. The link to the program is:  We want to make sure that individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression or other mental health issues can have access to the resources they need.
  • GarCo Rent & Utility Assistance - If you are having difficulty paying your rent or utilities, Emergency Assistance applications can be found in a box outside of the county building which is located at 195 14th Street here in Rifle. You can also call 625-0882 for assistance.
  • Rent, Utilities, Transportation Assistance - If you need help with rent, utilities, transportation, or other assistance call Reach Out Colorado at 459-0309, or the River Center at 984-4333.  The River Center’s main focus is on Silt and New Castle, Apple Tree, but they can also help others as needed.
  • Garfield County Senior Programs
  • Lift Up food pantries- Lift Up has free food pick-ups several times every week.  Anyone who needs food can receive it. Please drive to the location, and volunteers will put the bags of food in your vehicle.
    • Parachute: Tuesdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm at 201 East First Street.
    • Rifle: Fridays 2:00pm - 4:00pm at Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
    • New Castle: Wednesdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm at 880 Castle Valley Blvd
    • 970.625.4496  |
  • Extended TableExtended table Tuesdays and Thursdays 5-6 at Rifle United Methodist church
  • School Meal Serviceis being offered in all school districts free for those 0-18 years
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    • District 16 - (*The District 16 Family Resource Center is taking calls to help distribute food to residents in need. Please call Claudia Flores Cruz at 970-285 ext 5262 Monday through Thursday. Deliveries to homes are on Fridays.)
  • Grace Bible Church offers a monthly food bank in Parachute/ Battlement Mesa.
  • Women Infants & Children’s program - The Women Infants and Children’s program serves Pregnant, Post-partum and Breastfeeding Women and Children up to age 5.  We continue to offer breastfeeding support and breast pump loans. Please apply at or call 970-945-6614 x 2020
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/ Food Stamps) 
  • Countywide emergency food services - If you have an emergency need for food, Garfield County can help.  Please call 970-945-6614 x 2020 (Public Health) Or 970-945-9191 (Department of Human Services).

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• Business Resources for Economic Changes:

This is an unprecedented time for the business community. We recognize the economic impacts this event is having on our businesses and their employees. Continuing our efforts to communicate as much information and resources, the following are business-specific resources:

  • Rifle Regional Economic Development Corporation - RREDC is a local non-profit organization focused on advancing economic strategies in the Colorado River Valley to drive the development of a diverse and sustainable economy. Please contact Katie Mackley at 970-625-4202 or with questions.
  • Garfield County - Garfield County has compiled resources available for both businesses and employees who are experience disruption due to COVIC-19 
  • The Colorado COVID Relief Fund - The Fund’s purpose is to raise and coordinate the allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado. This Fund is organized to ensure that the most acute community needs across the state are being addressed and that community voice is reflected in all funding decisions made over time 

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• Other Helpful Local Information:

  • Mental Health & Emotional Support - SUPPORT HOTLINE Mind Springs Health has launched a mental health support line, Monday- Friday 8 am-5 pm., (877) 519-7505
  • Immigrant Services 
  • Daily Life & Coping - Learn how you can plan, prepare, and cope with stress before and during a COVID-19 outbreak. Visit
  • 2•1•1, Resources Available For You - Call 211 or visit  2•1•1 Colorado is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people across the State of Colorado virtual resources in the local community.  One central location where people can access over 7,500 health and human services resources.
  • Regional Hotline for COVID-19 - 970-429-6186.  Making sure that you have all the resources necessary regarding the COVID-19 virus.  The regional hotline hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm.
  • myColorado Mobile App - The State of Colorado announced new features in the myColorado mobile app to support Governor Polis’ order to stay at home.  Read more by clicking here.
  • GarCo Public Health Launches Two New Self-Report Tools for COVID-19.  We now have two survey documents available for self-reporting in our community. The first document is only for people experiencing COVID-like symptoms (such as cough, fever, or shortness of breath).  The second is a form for everyone in the community, with or without symptoms, to report on the status of your mental health, isolation and social distancing practices.  We want to hear from you!
  • Technology Tips To Stay Safe - The City of Rifle Information Technology Department would also like to pass on tips to keep in mind while using your computers during this unusual time. There are numerous scams relating to COVID-19 involving malware, hoaxes, and fraud which are designed to play upon your sense of urgency in obtaining answers. Follow the same computer safety procedures that you were practicing prior to this situation. Do not click on unknown or questionable sites. The official sites for Garfield County, the State of Colorado and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are safe, reliable sources of information. The City of Rifle website ( and social media pages will be continually updated with the latest links.
  • Advice from your City water department - The water and wastewater treatment plants are fully functioning and will remain fully operational even if some City offices need to be closed or staff size reduced. There is no need to stock up on bottled water. It is important to note, however, that we are starting to see flushable wipes at the wastewater plant.  Even though they say flushable, they are not sewer-plant friendly.  If this continues or increases, it may cause problems. Please dispose of all wipes in the trash, not the toilet.

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• For more information, please refer to these credible sources:

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For updated information on all City matters, please go to our website, or our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Media Contact: Kathy Pototsky, 970-319-8288